Thursday, 24 May 2012

Media boss (to be) taken to court!

Written by Gael Masengi

Award winning veteran journalist, Issa Sikiti has promised to seize the court of law against the editor of SME whom he accuses of allegedly owing him a large amount of money.

Issa Sikiti Da Silva
The Congolese born Issa Sikiti Da Silva is a renowned senior freelance journalist whose work had appeared on a variety of magazines, news websites and newspapers in South Africa and across the African continent both in French and English languages. On Tuesday, the unsatisfied journalist took on Twitter to show his frustration as he “twitpic’d” a picture of Colin Makala to his more than two-hundred followers, the photo was accompanied with words that read “Portrait of Colin Makala, the evil man who owes me 35000 Rand (about US$ 4 300) in unpaid wages, He&His company SME South Africa r doomed!” (sic).

Colin Makala
Issa Sikiti claims to have published 12 stories on Mr Makala’s website ( since January this year and the company is refusing to pay him, he again announced on the micro blogging website, Twitter that He and Mr Makala will soon meet in court.  Gael On Media contacted Colin Makala via E-mail for comments regarding serious accusations which can damage the reputation of the website which he is the editor, luckily Mr Makala replied, he acknowledged the situation and advised Mr Sikiti “As a senior journalist that he is, he must know better how to handle matters such as these” he wrote. However, he also warned Mr Sikiti to review their string of communication before he looks ‘stupid’ should he go for litigation.

Last year Issa Sikiti Da Silva was in centre of a controversy of which an article he wrote on, concerning South Africa’s biggest daily tabloid Daily Sun and its former editor-in-chief Themba Khumalo, was proven to have contained factual errors which were derogatory and defamatory of the tabloid and its editor-in-chief. Bizcommunity retracted the story and subsequently apologised, the news website suspended the 6 years on-demand service of Da Silva causing the long-time contributor to “resign”.

Da Silva later tweeted indicating that Daily Sun lawyers threatened legal action in response to the article therefore he resigned.

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